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    #1

    usage of 'little'

    Hello.

    I have a question with following sentence.

    Little did he imagine that the project would be such a challenge.

    When I rewrite this sentence, which one is correct? Or both are correct?

    1. He little imagined that the project would be such a challenge.

    2. He imagined little that the project would be such a challenge.

    In this case, does the adverb 'little' have a certain grammatical rule in terms of its position?

    thank you.

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    Re: usage of 'little'

    1. is correct
    The original (rather unusual and poetic) structure you give is:
    adjective/adverb + auxillery + clause

    Rarely do we find such courage on the battlefield.
    Seldom had I met such kind people.
    Little do you know what he really thinks.
    Often were the days I wished I had stayed at home.

    They can be rewritten as normal Subject +adverb of frequency + verb
    We rarely find....
    I seldom met
    You (really) don't know...
    I often wished...

    As you can see "little" cannot be transfered. I hope this helps! Email me if you're still not clear, I may not have explained that very well - I haven't had a coffee yet.

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    #3

    Re: usage of 'little'

    I actually think "He little imagined that ..." sounds acceptable. Uncommon, but acceptable.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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